The Prophet Rael sent his support to a U.S. organization educates the public regarding the origin of the Christmas tradition in the U.S. – a country know for its deep religious beliefs – yet just as well known for its right to free speech. It’s an interesting place. :-)
In the US, there are countless signs promoting religion. And this time of year, there are millions of homes and even public buildings decorated for the Christmas holiday. There have been several court cases challenging the constitutionality of such decorations – including nativity scenes. You know statues of the baby Jesus, Mary, the 3 wise men, donkeys etc. which are supposed to depict the night of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.
Among the growing numbers of those insisting on equal time are a group of atheists known as The Freedom From Religion Foundation. They sponsored the following sign to be placed along side one such nativity scene in Washington State.
“At this season of WINTER SOLSTICE may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
It seems someone stole the sign and threw it in a ditch. Probably not an atheist. ;-)
U.S. Christians have been complaining more and more the past years that “people are taking Christmas away from us” because secularists and atheists are speaking up more and more and wanting equal time. The fact is, however, that the celebration of the winter solstice was going on for hundreds, maybe thousands of years before the early Christians hijacked the holiday. The Romans created the Saturnalia holiday from the winter solstice celebration – a week long celebration of giving, fun and craziness.